CRUSADERS STRIKE DOWN TUDORS
By Chris Pelling
by Graham Sherman
Hemel suffered their second reversal in 3 days when they travelled to Bulpit Lane on Bank Holiday Monday.
The home side forced 3 early corners in the opening minutes which all came to nothing. By the 5th minute Tudor striker Jake Robinson's snap shop was well saved by the home goalkeeper to readdress the balance of the match. Three minutes later when put through by Jonny McNamara, Robinson was only inches wide of giving the Tudors the lead.
However, ten minutes later the Tudors fell behind to a speculative shot from 25 yards by midfielder Garyn Preen, when his left foot shot from the right wing went past the Hemel keeper. It then took a further six minutes for the Tudors to secure their first corner after good work by midfielder Michael Richens, however the corner came to nothing. The rest of the half was even so the score at half-time was 1-0 to the Crusaders.
The Tudors started brightly in the second half, but on the hour mark lost the services of centre-back Jordan Rose with a leg injury. Manager Dean Brennan brought on Arnaud Mendy and shuffled his back line to accommodate the Frenchman in the midfield.
Six minutes later Mitchell Weiss came on for the tiring McNamara as the game went from one end to the other. Then in the 83rd minute, with the ball going from one side of the Hemel penalty area to the other, the ball was laid back to substitute James Clark who coolly doubled the home side’s advantage with a well placed shot dead centre of the Hemel goal.
Three minutes after that, the Tudors were awarded a penalty when Jake Robinson was tripped just inside the home team’s area. However Robinson’s spot kick was palmed away by the home keeper and the change had gone. Kia Stonnell was introduced in the 87th minute, coming on for the injured Scott Neilson. The Tudors misery was completed when home team’s centre-forward Nat Jarvis’ left foot shot in the 93rd minute sealed the Tudors fate.
The Tudors are next at home to Bishops Stortford on Saturday 3rd September, with kick-off at 15.00pm.